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T385 - Smithsonite $ 900
Tsumeb, Namibia
small cabinet - 8 x 6.5 x 4 cm


Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385a.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385b.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385c.jpg] Smithsonite from Tsumeb, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t385d.jpg]

Open vug filled with large, double-terminated Smithsonite crystals. The Smithsonite are a light pinkish orange in color and reach 1.9cm in size.


T387 - Rhodochrosite $ 350
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 1.8 x 1 x 0.3 cm


Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t387a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t387b.jpg]

Twinned Rhodochrosite crystal, a floater with no points of attachment. The color is just outstanding. This was recently released from the Charlie Key collection and it is clear he saved some good ones. Previous twinned Mont St. Hilaire Rhodos I've seen have all been a darker brick red color and opaque. This one is bright red and translucent through most of the specimen. Undamaged. A small amount of minerals attached to one edge.


T397 - Rhodochrosite $ 380
Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada
thumbnail - 2.1 x 1.7 x 0.3 cm


Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t397a.jpg] Rhodochrosite from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada [db_pics/pics/t397b.jpg]

Twinned Rhodochrosite crystal group, a floater with no points of attachment. This was recently released from the Charlie Key collection and it is clear he saved some good ones. Previous twinned Mont St. Hilaire Rhodos I've seen have all been a darker brick red color and opaque. This one is a nice pinkish red and translucent. Undamaged.


T407 - Calcite $ 90
Delphi Quarry, Carroll Co., Indiana, USA
small cabinet - 6 x 3 x 3 cm


Calcite from Delphi Quarry, Carroll Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/t407a.jpg] Calcite from Delphi Quarry, Carroll Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/t407b.jpg] Calcite from Delphi Quarry, Carroll Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/t407c.jpg] Calcite from Delphi Quarry, Carroll Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/t407d.jpg] Calcite from Delphi Quarry, Carroll Co., Indiana, USA [db_pics/pics/t407e.jpg]

Single scalenohedral Calcite capped by Calcite also with Calcite crystals attached to the sides (one side crystal damaged). Originally purchased in Tucson in 1987 for $9.60.


T412 - Montmorillonite in Quartz $ 290
White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA
cabinet - 9.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm


Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412a.jpg] Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412b.jpg] Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412c.jpg] Montmorillonite in Quartz from White Queen Mine, Pala, San Diego Co., California, USA [db_pics/pics/t412d.jpg]

Distinctive Quartz crystal cluster colored pink by inclusions of Montmorillonite. Comes with an old label that dates this back to at least 1985.


T416 - Sapphire $ 750
Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
thumbnail - 1.5 x 0.7 x 0.6 cm


Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t416a.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t416b.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t416c.jpg]

Parcel of 15 Sapphire crystals, most showing good form with little edge wear. 13 blue crystals, one pink, and one yellow.


T417 - Sapphire $ 500
Ratnapura, Sri Lanka
thumbnail - 2.7 x 1.1 x 0.9 cm


Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t417a.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t417b.jpg] Sapphire from Ratnapura, Sri Lanka [db_pics/pics/t417c.jpg]

Gemmy blue Sapphire crystal wtih good form and edges. Weighs 18.5 carats.


T418 - Cuprite $ 200
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia
thumbnail - 0.9 x 0.9 x 0.9 cm


Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418a.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418b.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418c.jpg] Cuprite from Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovskoe Deposit, Western Siberia, Russia [db_pics/pics/t418d.jpg]

Perfect undamaged floater octahedron with bevelled edges. 0.9cm on edge, 1.2cm wide tip to tip.


T419 - Tourmaline $ 650
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 7.6 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419a.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419b.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419c.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t419d.jpg]

Amazing example of a naturally bent Tourmaline crystal, caused by repeated fracturing and rehealing in the pegmatite pocket during formation. Double terminated (though one termination partially intergrown with Albite). Undamaged.


T420 - Dioptase $ 240
Kaokaveld, Namibia
miniature - 3.3 x 2.5 x 2 cm


Dioptase from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t420a.jpg] Dioptase from Kaokaveld, Namibia [db_pics/pics/t420b.jpg]

Dioptase crystal cluster with main crystal 1.6 x 0.8 cm in size.


T421 - Neptunite $ 900
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
cabinet - 10 x 6 x 2.5 cm


Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t421a.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t421b.jpg] Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t421c.jpg]

Loads of Neptunite crystals covering a thin schist matrix. There are a couple crystals that are incomplete due to growth into the opposing pocket wall, but overall in excellent condition with long undamaged crystals. One Benitoite crystal also present.


T423 - Tourmaline $ 650
Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan
small cabinet - 5.3 x 3 x 2 cm


Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423a.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423b.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423c.jpg] Tourmaline from Stak Nala, Skardu, Pakistan [db_pics/pics/t423d.jpg]

Undamaged cluster of double-terminated Tourmaline crystals with attached Albite. The crystals have a rare yellow coloration on one end and are green on the other ends.


T424 - Gratonite $ 240
Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru
thumbnail - 1.9 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm


Gratonite from Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru [db_pics/pics/t424a.jpg] Gratonite from Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru [db_pics/pics/t424b.jpg] Gratonite from Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Peru [db_pics/pics/t424c.jpg]

Cluster of Gratonite crystals on matrix. This cluster is composed of particularly stout crystals. Undamaged.


T425 - Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz $ 350
Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China
small cabinet - 9 x 6 x 4.5 cm


Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425a.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425b.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425c.jpg] Inesite, Hubeite on Quartz from Daye Mine, Hubei Prov., China [db_pics/pics/t425d.jpg]

Floater specimen of intergrown Quartz crystals covered on one side by Inesite, Hubeite (rare!), and Pyrite. The tip of the large Quartz crystal has damage, but this specimen is really about the great coverage of Inesite and Hubeite. These are now uncommon and no longer being found.


T426 - Benitoite, Neptunite $ 240
Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California
miniature - 5 x 4 x 2.5 cm


Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t426a.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t426b.jpg] Benitoite, Neptunite from Gem Mine, San Benito Co., California [db_pics/pics/t426c.jpg]

Two Benitoite crystals with numerous Neptunite crystals on matrix. One Joaquinite crystal also present.



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